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Top 10 Band Mates Who Hate Each Other


Maybe rock stardom isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top ten band mates who hate each other.    For this list, we’ll be looking at band mates, both past and present, who have famously never gotten along. It doesn’t matter if these people have reconciled in recent years – as long as they once hated each other, they will be included. We’ll be ranking our picks based on the fame of the musicians in question and the intensity of the animosity between them.  
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Top 10 Band Mates Who Hate Each Other

 
 
Maybe rock stardom isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top ten band mates who hate each other. 
 
For this list, we’ll be looking at band mates, both past and present, who have famously never gotten along. It doesn’t matter if these people have reconciled in recent years – as long as they once hated each other, they will be included. We’ll be ranking our picks based on the fame of the musicians in question and the intensity of the animosity between them.
 
 
 

#10: Eddie Van Halen & Everyone Except Alex
Van Halen

 
Maybe there’s a reason the band is called Van Halen; it's almost like Ed doesn't want anyone else there. The guitarist and David Lee Roth have decades of animosity between them, mostly stemming from Roth's outgoing, childlike personality rubbing EVH the wrong way, which may have been exacerbated by Ed's battles with booze. But Ed has also spoken ill of former bassist Michael Anthony, claiming Anthony was a “garbage bass player”. Then there's Roth's most famous replacement, Sammy Hagar, who left in the late '90s over managerial and creative differences. Rock and roll is tough, and the personalities within often tougher.
 
 

#9: Caleb & Jared Followill
Kings of Leon

 
Getting along with family can be difficult. Just imagine if you had to work and tour with them every day! Caleb and Jared Followill, along with their brother Nathan and cousin Matthew, make up Kings of Leon, the band behind songs like “Sex on Fire” and “Use Somebody”. And, like most brothers in music, Caleb and Jared don’t exactly get along. Or at least, they didn’t. It mostly stemmed from Caleb’s alcoholism, as Jared despised Caleb’s nonchalance and unprofessional behavior. Caleb in turn hated Jared for tarnishing his name and not believing in him. Luckily, Caleb eventually quit drinking and the brothers reconciled. 
 
 
 

#8: Mike Love & Brian Wilson
The Beach Boys

 
Cousins Mike Love and Brian Wilson pioneered surf rock, and they revolutionized musical production with their 1966 album “Pet Sounds”. But Beach Boys Mike and Brian rarely saw eye-to-eye. Mike has even called himself Brian’s “Antichrist” due to their constant clashing, which included heated arguments over band's experimental direction in the '60s. He also took Brian to court on numerous occasions for defamation and writing credits. And despite the two reuniting for a 50th anniversary tour, Love – who owns the Beach Boys brand – disbanded the anniversary lineup when the tour ended and resumed performing with a pack of hired guns. 
 
 

#7: Lars Ulrich & James Hetfield vs Jason Newsted
Metallica

 
Despite Newsted serving as Metallica’s bassist for almost fifteen years, he was always the odd man out. This largely stems from him not being Cliff Burton, the band's original bass player, who was killed in a bus accident while the band were touring Sweden in 1986. The band welcomed Newsted by burying his bass tracks on “... And Justice for All”. Newsted chalked this up to Lars and James hazing him, but they would later blame this on his playing. Although seemingly there for the long haul, Newsted never quite felt respected and exited the band after a disagreement with Hetfield about a side project.  
 
 
 

#6: Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley vs Ace Frehley & Peter Criss
KISS

 
Here we see a band split right down the middle. Kiss was one of the biggest and most controversial rock bands of the '70s, known for their electrifying music and elaborate stage shows. And while they continue to play to this day, they do so without Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. Criss was dismissed in 1980, and Frehley left soon after over disagreements with the band’s direction and for constantly being ignored in band decisions. Although the band held a reunion in 1995, both Ace and Peter have re-exited and remain on poor terms with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, who, among themselves don’t seem to be on great terms anymore.
 
 
 

#5: Billy Corgan & D'arcy Wretzky, Billy Corgan & James Iha
The Smashing Pumpkins

 
The Smashing Pumpkins were huge, but man were they hostile. James Iha and D'arcy Wretzky briefly dated, but manged to keep things cordial post-breakup. Relations between D'arcy and Billy Corgan were never quite as smooth. Although credited on albums up until “Machina II”, Wretzky held resentment after Corgan took over her bass duties on “Siamese Dream” and Corgan has been less than kind towards her since the '90s came to a close. Iha, like D'arcy, did not take part in the reformed Pumpkins, and has been referred to by Corgan as “a piece of shit” and “one of the worst human beings” he’s ever met. 
 
 

#4: Simon & Garfunkel

 
Simon & Garfunkel are one of the best known duos in music history, and believe it or not, they hated each other’s guts nearly every step of the way. The recording of “Bridge over Troubled Water” was rife with difficulties for the duo,and they called it quits after its release. They later refused to talk to each other, and despite brief reunions, continue their resentment and constant verbal jabs. When Simon was asked about a reunion in 2016, he quickly shut it down, telling the reporter that he and Garfunkel don’t get along and that touring with him is not enjoyable. 
 
 

#3: Roger Waters vs David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Richard Wright
Pink Floyd

 
Already industry vets, Pink Floyd's commercial peak came with 1973's “The Dark Side of the Moon”, lasting until “The Wall”. But, that sudden and massive success also ratcheted up the tension between bassist and principal songwriter Roger Waters and the rest of the band. Water's exclusive role as lyricist netted him half the royalties to any of their non-instrumental songs, while he typically wrote or co-wrote the majority of the music during this era as well, entitling him to an additional cut.Issues between Waters and Wright led to Wright's dismissal, while Waters animosity with Gilmour and dissatisfaction with Mason ultimately led to Waters himself leaving. 
 
 

#2: Axl Rose & Slash
Guns N' Roses

 
Guns N' Roses were exactly what the late '80s needed, but while Axl and Slash couldn't have done it without each other... they really could have done without each other. Tensions between the two finally hit a breaking point in 1996 when Slash took his top hat and went home, following in the footsteps of Izzy Stradlin and Steven Adler. At the time, he stated that it was due to personal and creative differences with Rose, but would later cite Rose’s hostile attitude and unprofessional behavior, Rose’s increasing legal control of the band, and the earlier departures of his missed bandmates as a motivator.
 

 

#1: Liam & Noel Gallagher
Oasis

 
Whoo boy, where do we even start with the Gallaghers? Well, it’s really more like Liam hating Noel with every fiber of his being. Liam has reportedly expressed his wish to beat his brother with a guitar and constantly  refers to him as a “potato” over social media.  Liam apparently got his wish in 2009, as the brothers came to physical blows at a festival and Liam swung a guitar at Noel’s head. Noel has in turn stated that Liam is “frightened to death” of  him and that he “plays him like a slightly disused arcade game.” Ah, nothing like the timeless bonds of brotherly love.
 
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